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Developing video games—hero's journey or fool's errand? The creative and technical logistics that go into building today's hottest games can be more harrowing and complex than the games themselves, often seeming like an endless maze or a bottomless abyss. In Blood, Sweat, and Pixels, Jason Schreier takes readers on a fascinating odyssey behind the scenes of video game development, where the creator may be a team of 600 overworked underdogs or a solitary geek genius. Exploring the artistic challenges, technical impossibilities, marketplace demands, and Donkey Kong-sized monkey wrenches thrown into the works by corporate, Blood, Sweat, and Pixels reveals how bringing any game to completion is more than Sisyphean—it's nothing short of miraculous.

Taking some of the most popular, bestselling recent games, Schreier immerses readers in the hellfire of the development process, whether it's RPG studio Bioware's challenge to beat an impossible schedule and overcome countless technical nightmares to build Dragon Age: Inquisition; indie developer Eric Barone's single-handed efforts to grow country-life RPG Stardew Valley from one man's vision into a multi-million-dollar franchise; or Bungie spinning out from their corporate overlords at Microsoft to create Destiny, a brand new universe that they hoped would become as iconic as Star Wars and Lord of the Rings—even as it nearly ripped their studio apart.

Documenting the round-the-clock crunches, buggy-eyed burnout, and last-minute saves, Blood, Sweat, and Pixels is a journey through development hell—and ultimately a tribute to the dedicated diehards and unsung heroes who scale mountains of obstacles in their quests to create the best games imaginable.

Letterman: The Hold out Giant of Late Night
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Letterman: The Hold out Giant of Late Night by Zinoman Jason
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New York Times comedy critic Jason Zinoman delivers the definitive story of the life and artistic legacy of David Letterman, the greatest television talk show host of all time and the signature comedic voice of a generation.

In a career spanning more than thirty years, David Letterman redefined the modern talk show with an ironic comic style that transcended traditional television. While he remains one of the most famous stars in America, he is a remote, even reclusive, figure whose career is widely misunderstood. In Letterman, Jason Zinoman, the first comedy critic in the history of the New York Times, mixes groundbreaking reporting with unprecedented access and probing critical analysis to explain the unique entertainer’s titanic legacy. Moving from his early days in Indiana to his retirement, Zinoman goes behind the scenes of Letterman’s television career to illuminate the origins of his revolutionary comedy, its overlooked influences, and how his work intersects with and reveals his famously eccentric personality.

Zinoman argues that Letterman had three great artistic periods, each distinct and part of his evolution. As he examines key broadcasting moments—"Stupid Pet Tricks" and other captivating segments that defined Late Night with David Letterman—he illuminates Letterman’s relationship to his writers, and in particular, the show’s co-creator, Merrill Markoe, with whom Letterman shared a long professional and personal connection.

To understand popular culture today, it’s necessary to understand David Letterman. With this revealing biography, Zinoman offers a perceptive analysis of the man and the artist whose ironic voice and caustic meta-humor was critical to an entire generation of comedians and viewers—and whose singular style ushered in new tropes that have become clichés in comedy today.

Bryce Harper Praised for Blasting Unwritten Rules, But Why Are People So Fixated on Them?

“Baseball’s tired,” he says. “It’s a tired sport, because you can’t express yourself. You can’t do what people in other sports do. I’m not saying baseball is, you know, boring or anything like that, but it’s the excitement of the young guys who are coming into the game now who have flair. If that’s Matt Harvey or Jacob deGrom or Manny Machado or Joc Pederson or Andrew McCutchen or Yasiel Puig — there’s so many guys in the game now who are so much fun. Jose Fernandez will strike you out and stare you down into the dugout and pump his fist. And if you hit a homer and pimp it. He doesn’t care. That’s part of the game. It’s not the old feeling — hoorah … if you pimp a homer, I’m going to hit you right in the teeth. If a guy pimps a homer for a game-winning shot … I mean — sorry. The hell with it, he’s all in. “If a guy pumps his fist at me on the mound, I’m going to go, ‘Yeah, you got me. Good for you. ’ That’s what makes the game fun. You want kids to play the game, right. What are kids playing these days. Look at those players — Steph Curry, LeBron James. It’s exciting to see those players in those sports. Cam Newton — I love the way Cam goes about it. He smiles, he laughs. As expected, people are tripping over each other to pat Harper on the back for his progressive views on celebration. Perhaps no one suffered more last year than the young outfielder as a result of the nebulous unwritten rules and Jonathan Papelbon’s interpretation of them. Harper’s status as one of the game’s best players affords him the platform to speak on ways to improve baseball going forward. First, Harper’s suggestion that kids will turn away from the sport because they can’t celebrate like Steph Curry, LeBron James or Cam Newton doesn’t hold water. Admittedly, it’s difficult to suss out just where the opportunity for theatrics ranks in order of importance when choosing a youth sport, but my assertion would be that it’s near the bottom of the list. Also, is youth baseball overrun with 11- and 12-year-olds enforcing old-school etiquette and stifling fun. Do college games look like a soul-sucking, joyless bore. Isn’t it only professional baseball that’s supposedly been handcuffed by the emotion police. More Bryce Harper. Did Bryce Harper Really Think His Dugout Fight with Jonathan Papelbon Would be a Non-Story. Source: The Big Lead

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  • KRQE News 13 treasure hunt tracks down millions

    03/10/16 ,via KRQE News 13

    SANTA FE (KRQE) – It's a $6,000,000 treasure trove of public money that is unspent and stashed away, for years, in an obscure government program. When House Ways and Means Chairman, Rep. Jason Harper found out he was “shocked.” “When we think 

  • Martinez slams Legislature on infrastructure funding

    03/10/16 ,via KRWG

    House Ways and Means Chairman Jason Harper, R-Rio Rancho, inserted the UNM building in the general obligation bond bill (Senate Bill 122) while deleting $8 million for a senior center in the city. State officials rejected the original proposal for the

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WISH #ArmedSecurity at #OntarioLegislature was for #HARPER #Rona #Jason #Lisa #Joe #Michelle & the #CPCgang #cdnpoli https://t.co/BHlZsbOoCW 03/11/16, @RobinBall1961
RT @troyhirschfox5: Hall of famer Goose Gossage says 'nerds' have ruined MLB and made game soft https://t.co/iHlGoN7JLU 03/11/16, @yankee_jason
@VancouverSun I have a picture of stabbing suspect Ellis Kirkland with Harper gov Immigration Minister Jason Kenney & Senator Hugh Segal 03/10/16, @Toronto1

Recipes

  • Jason's White Chicken Chili

    chicken broth, chicken, oregano, garlic, green chilies, red pepper, cumin, jalapeno, monterey jack cheese, onions, vegetable oil, white beans

  • Warm Pimiento Cheese Dip

    balsamic vinegar, black pepper, celery seed, cheddar cheese, garlic salt, mayonnaise, chili pepper, dijon mustard

  • Sausage Broccoli Manicotti

    sausage, cottage cheese, eggs, garlic, garlic powder, pasta sauce, mozzarella cheese, onion powder, parmesan cheese, black pepper

Books

  • Jesus Loves You. . . This I Know

    Baker Books. 2011. ISBN: 9780801072529,0801072522. 208 pages.

    Innovative teachers show how God loves "the least of these" by sharing the stories of real people on the outskirts of the church. Now in paper.

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  • Michael Den Tandt: Best leader for Tories might be the one they already have

    03/10/16 ,via Canada

    It was Ambrose, you may remember, who was tasked with picking up the pieces. Jason Kenney, Harper’s long-time minister-of-everything, remains a very influential force within the party. He is smart and terrifically industrious. But I’ve spoken to a ...

  • Bryce Harper Praised for Blasting Unwritten Rules, But Why Are People So Fixated on Them?

    03/11/16 ,via The Big Lead

    Harper doesn’t mince words when it comes to his thoughts ... hemorrhaging youth participation is also an idea that needs contextualization. My colleague Jason Lisk looked at the numbers last summer and found that decline in team sport participation ...

  • Senator Wagner denies candidate’s claim of election manipulation

    03/09/16 ,via abc27

    What’s not a lie is that Harper met at the Capitol cafeteria on Feb. 10 with Wagner chief of staff Jason High and Matt Plummer, a political consultant to the Arndt campaign. All sides confirm that happened. Harper concedes it was the two men ...

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Jason Harper – Documenting My Attempt at CrossFit

And 15.4 brought us Handstand Push Ups. I’m pretty sure CrossFit Open 15.5 is going to bring us rope climbs. Well, maybe not rope climbs. At least I hope not rope ...

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